Not Tonight, Josephine

In reply to a comment by Nemo on my poem ‘Cause and Consequence’


not-tonight

One may have thought that it was Josephine

who had resorted to the ‘headache’ excuse

but it was Bonaparte, on the eve of a battle,

who felt it incumbent on him to refuse.

 

“Not tonight, Josephine”, was what he said,

I have got a skirmish with that English chap

tomorrow morning at the onset of dawn

and it’s important that I consult a war map.

 

She suspected that what was on his mind

was neither Wellington nor a battle chart

but thoughts of a tryst with Marie Louise,

Duchess of Parma (but with certainty a tart).

 

“This warmongering caper does my head in”,

she complained, “and you may well scoff.

Don’t be surprised if I find other partners

who would never dream of fobbing me off.”

 

© Luigi Pagano  2016

 

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Nemo
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Ha! Very good! I’m pleased I sparked this one off, Luigi.
Gerald..

Savvi
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Great fun Luigi……..it seem it wasn’t just his hand he kept tucked away 🙂

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